Are the shoot bud galls of Fergusonina Malloch, 1924 (Diptera: Fergusoninidae) founded by multiple mothers?
In a mutual association, FergusoninaMalloch, 1924 flies and FergusobiaCurrie, 1937 nematodes form galls in the bud tissue of trees of the family Myrtaceae. Their unique association is the only known mutualism between insects and nematodes. Because each Fergusonina species supports one particular Fergusobia species, and is generally specific to their host tree species, this tritrophic system provides an excellent model for studies of co-evolution. The galls formed in this system vary from small,...[Show more]
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